“We believe that a man or woman must be called of God, by inspiration and the Spirit of prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth… We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience unmolested, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” – The Fifth, Sixth, and Twelfth Articles of Faith.
Worship is an act of religious devotion directed towards Elohim through our worship of the Son, Jesus Christ while being filled with the Holy Spirit. An act of worship may be performed in groups as small as two or three people, they may be informal or formal, or a gathering directed by a designated leader. Small acts of kindness and charity are a form or worship. Gathering to do community service is a form of worship. It is all about giving Glory to the God that made us, and the God that Saved us – even Jesus Christ.
While there are a number of ways to worship the Lord, generally when we talk of worship, we are talking about taking the Sacraments of the Lord’s Supper.
“The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4: 23-24
This is what we do when we partake of the bread and wine (or water), that we “may always have his Spirit to be with them” (Moroni 4: 3). It is recommended that we gather as Saints once a week with all that will join us to partake of these Sacraments that we may worship the Father in spirit and in truth. After the Sacraments/Communion, there is a speaker. Depending on the size of the units, Sunday School and other classes would follow.
Worshiping at Home
When worshiping at home, gather everyone together. The highest ranking priesthood holder should conduct the meeting (Doctrine & Covenants 46: 2).
Open with a prayer, anyone may say it, by invitation (with numbers over 12, the person should be asked in advance). If there is a priesthood officer present – Priest, Elder or High Priest – the sacrament should be blessed and passed. This should be done by two brethren if possible, if not – one is acceptable.
Afterwords, the group may preach to each other, read scriptures, sing hymns, or share testimonies. Then, close the meeting by prayer by a member of the congregation. The meeting might last between an hour and an hour and a half, but likely no more unless so moved by the spirit.
In groups over 12, the person saying the closing prayer should be invited to do so before the start of the meeting.
These participating should remember that the point of the worship is Jesus Christ and the Sacraments. Those speaking should preach of Christ. If there are no officers of the priesthood, the point of the meeting should be to share the Spirit and fellowship one with another, prayerful that one with the priesthood will become available that the congregation may partake of the Sacraments.
It is recommended that the worship service not be photographed, filmed or recorded.